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9/2/2014 (2 years ago)

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Spain releases artifacts taken during drug sting

Spain has returned 691 indigenous artifacts to Colombia, which were seized during a police operation 11 years ago

14th century artifacts from Colombia being displayed in a Spanish museum.

14th century artifacts from Colombia being displayed in a Spanish museum.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

9/2/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Americas

Keywords: Spain, Colombia, Legal, International


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Most of these ceramic items are of huge cultural and archaeological value, and date to around 1400 BC. They had been smuggled out of the South American nation by a man who has links to drug gangs, the embassy in Madrid claimed.

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The artifacts were returned after a court order from Spain in June 2014, and the items are now in the possession of Colombian authorities who are taking them back to Bogota, the Colombian capital.

14th century artifacts from Colombia being displayed in a Spanish museum.

14th century artifacts from Colombia being displayed in a Spanish museum.



14th century artifacts from Colombia being displayed in a Spanish museum.

14th century artifacts from Colombia being displayed in a Spanish museum.


While the decade long legal battle proceeded the artifacts were placed in the Museum of America in Madrid. Some of these items, including ceramic sculptures, funeral urns and musical instruments were put on display.

14th century artifacts from Colombia being displayed in a Spanish museum.

14th century artifacts from Colombia being displayed in a Spanish museum.


The artifacts are expected to be put on display in an exhibit in Colombia in 2015, the Colombian foreign ministry reported.

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